In my kitchen I have what I like to call my master calendar. Everything goes on this calendar…every event, activity, lesson, requirement, library due date, show and tell date, birthday, anniversary, etc. If it isn’t on the calendar it more than likely isn’t going to get done or remembered! My husband finds this very helpful and my nine year old daughter also refers to the calendar on a regular basis now. My hubbie and I even have a household calendar rule if we both have plans for the same night…whoever gets their activity on the calendar first wins! (so who do you think is usually the winner…lol). Very, very important dates like you know Mother’s Day and my birthday even get circled in red just so there is little chance for error if you know what I mean.
Now that I’ve said all that, my WFMW tip is really this. At the beginning of every new year I sit down with both my old calendar as well as my new calendar and I quickly go through and transfer all the birthdays and anniversaries from one calendar to the next. On a particular birthday I’ll simply write “Granny’s B-day (90)” for instance and obviously I’ll adjust the age with each year as well. Since my calendar hangs in a high traffic area of my house at eye level I can’t help but glance at it every morning on my way through. This is the best way I know of for keeping track of birthdays although I will admit I did miss one friend’s birthday this past year and I’m still feeling badly about it six months later. Things like that don’t normally happen to me but somehow her birthday got missed in the transfer. So this time when I sat down to do the transfer I timed myself and it didn’t take more than 15 minutes to do and that was with a double check just to make sure I didn’t miss anyone this time.
Here is a picture of where my calendar hangs in the kitchen…using a 3M Command™ Adhesive hook of course. It looks bare but that was because I took the picture before doing the birthday transfer.
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